Applying to a university is a super important step for both the young student and the whole family. However, it often represents a time of great nervousness and stress for applicants, which is why they require great emotional and affective support to cope with all the pressure they may be feeling.
Faced with this situation, it is normal for parents to be concerned and want to help their children in some way. Taking this into account, Paola Mendoza, vocational advisor at the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) shares some very useful advice for parents who want to help their children enter a university. If you have a child who is going through it, this information is for you. Take note!
- Visit the university. For the vocational advisor, one of the first recommendations is that the adolescent not only knows the university to which he is going to apply, but also approaches his vocation with real experiences. A great alternative is to go to events held by universities, for example, this September 24, UTEC will open its doors so that 4th and 5th year high school students can participate free of charge in more than 20 workshops, where young people will learn to manipulate a robot , generate energy from the ground, build your own wind generator, design an app from the metaverse, among other activities related to engineering, computing and business careers. If you want to participate, register at https://openday.utec.edu.pe/
- Constant comunication. Parents should promote spaces where children can communicate freely and make their concerns and fears known. This will help the young person to feel heard and understood to cope with all the pressure that he may be feeling. Thus, when it comes to applying to a university, he feels fully supported and can give his best knowing that his parents are there to support him.
- Make their own decisions. Choosing a university is not easy, much less for a teenager. Therefore, if there are doubts about the university to choose, parents cannot make the decision alone. Given this, the expert recommends encouraging the young man to enjoy his own triumphs and learn from his mistakes, but always being close to her son and showing him his support.
- Strengthen your security. For the UTEC vocational advisor, parents should not have any fear of expressing their expectations regarding the academic results of their children. However, they should show how much they trust the teen as this will help promote her safety. Parents should help them become more confident in what they do, but without overloading them with responsibilities.
- Review scholarships and support programs. It is important to know the financial support mechanisms that the university has, since they serve as a stimulus for those students with a vocation, aptitude and attitude who do not necessarily have the means to finance their undergraduate studies.